Living in a Dream World

Glitz is a Vikram Chatwal hallmark. When the 35-year-old scion of Indian-American hotel-and-restaurant tycoon Sant Chatwal got married in February to Bombay socialite Priya Sachdev, the wedding was spread over 10 unrestrained parties in three Indian cities for a full week, and drew celebrities like Bill Clinton (Sant is a serious donor to the U.S. Democratic Party) and steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal. The style of Vikram's personal hotel group, called Hautel Couture, is just as extravagant as its owner.

Hautel Couture's boutique flagship, Dream, has followed its first property in midtown Manhattan with a sleek, glass-wrapped edifice in Bangkok...

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